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3G Auctions & Mobile Number Portability In India Delayed?

Update (February 20, 2010): Telecom Minister A Raja has said that the launch of MNP is going to be delayed, and will be introduced in Bangalore and Chennai in May, reports Business Line. It's not clear if he meant a pan India delay, or only the South Zone. Update (February 3, 2010): Indian telecom regulator TRAI has postponed the launch of MNP in India from December 31, 2009 to March 31, 2010 for all circles. The regulator has said in an explanatory memorandum issued on January 28, 2010, "Considering the present preparedness of various service providers and the process involved, the Government has decided to extend the time for implementation of these regulations from 31st December, 2009 to 31st March, 2010, for all circles." Earlier Story (December 9, 2009): Telcos Not Ready For MNP India's Department of Telecom (DoT) might have to reschedule the launch of mobile number portability set to happen on December 31, 2009: State run telcos BSNL and MTNL have informed the government that they are not ready for it, CXOToday has reported. This announcement came close on the heels of the government reiterating that mobile number portability was likely to be rolled out on time. But it is not just BSNL and MTNL who are unprepared - industry executives implementing MNP for private operators told MediaNama that two GSM telcos are also lagging behind, and one of them may not be ready till January, and the other March 2010. BSNL, however, says it needs time to sort out…

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